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Bobcat introduces new compact excavator Depth Check system

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bobcatFebruary 17, 2015 - Bobcat compact excavator owners can increase performance, profitability and productivity by adding the new Bobcat Depth Check system option — a grade control system.

system is available for use with E32, E32i, E35, E35i, E42, E45, E50 and E55 models,
with either standard or long-arm iterations.

Depth Check system is a kit that utilizes three sensors — one on the trenching
or grading bucket, one on the arm and one on the boom — that are connected to
the deluxe instrument panel inside the cab to track the precise location of the
bucket teeth as the bucket, boom and arm move. The system can be calibrated to a
specific machine as well as its corresponding attachments — up to five buckets
— using the excavator’s boom and arm length, as well as a bucket tooth radius.

Less effort, more precision

compact excavator operators can dig faster using less effort and have greater
precision with the new Depth Check system. Tasks such as trenching for footings
and utility lines or grading ditches call for a consistent grade or sustained
slope. The Depth Check system has an accuracy of ± 0.5 inches, preventing excavator
operators from stopping the machine to measure depth and entering and exiting a
trench with a measuring device. It also helps to minimize over-digging and
under-digging, and the costs and time associated with backfilling, compacting
fill material and manual labor to finalize depth or grade. Another benefit: No
additional display screens are required, allowing for more operator space in
the excavator’s cab.

How to use the system

operators simply access the Depth Check system screen in the deluxe instrument
panel’s menu bar. Excavator operators choose from multiple methods for using
the Depth Check system.

They can dig to the desired depth, bench off the grade point
with the target depth set to zero

Bench off a grade post that is within reach, with the target
depth set to the desired grade

Set the depth target at minimum cover value, then bench off
the adjacent soil

audible alert can be turned on or off to help indicate how close the Bobcat
excavator operator is to the desired target. A slow beep will sound when the
operator approaches the target depth, a solid tone will occur at target depth
and a fast beep will let the operator know if he or she is beyond the target

excavator operators may utilize a laser beacon while someone else holds a laser
receiver on a grade stick to check for grade. That process can be time-consuming
and labor-intensive. The base Depth Check system is laser-compatible and can be
operated with a basic laser system, allowing the operator to benchmark off a
laser signal instead of the trench grade. Plus, the laser helps excavator
operators to grade or slope with a beacon or grade at multiple onsite
locations. The Depth Check system takes out the leg work and assures proper

Depth Check laser receivers

Depth Check system laser receivers are available. The CR600 basic laser is not
tied to the system; however, it visually aligns the receiver with the beacon
signal. The BLR2 receiver is available as an upgrade, is connected to the Depth
Check system harness and can catch the beacon signal as it passes through the

Bobcat advantages

to other manufacturers, the Bobcat Depth Check system utilizes a built-in deluxe
panel screen for display and operator input, avoiding the extra expense of adding
another display panel — a Bobcat exclusive feature. As a wired system, Depth
Check system reduces signal lag time from the sensor to the display, boasts
improved functionality if submerged in water and eliminates charging or
maintaining batteries.



Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, North
Dakota, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact
equipment. Bobcat compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer and
compact track loaders; compact excavators; mini track loaders; VersaHandler®
telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles; and Toolcat utility
work machines. Bobcat is a global brand with more than 550 dealer locations in
North America and the leader in compact equipment — the industry’s original
innovator, beginning more than 50 years ago with the first compact machine and
predecessor to the skid-steer loader. Bobcat Company is a subsidiary of Doosan
Infracore Bobcat Holdings Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Doosan Infracore
Co., Ltd.

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